Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he could have made a move for Monaco striker Anthony Martial before he joined Manchester United this summer, but didn’t because he thought that the Ligue 1 side wouldn’t sell, according to the Daily Star.
The 19-year-old ended up heading to Old Trafford for an eye watering £36m fee on transfer deadline day (via Star) and has already gone on to score four goals in his opening five games for the club.
Having made his way through Lyon’s academy, Martial made a name for himself at Monaco, and though his move to United caused a huge shockwave in the world of football Arsene Wenger admitted that he too had been tracking the youngster (via Star).
The Star report that Wenger had been impressed with Martial’s early season form in France, but stopped short of making a move because he didn’t think Monaco would be open to selling him.
“He was more a winger in his whole career and he played the final part of the season last year as striker,” Wenger said.
“But Monaco’s statement was always that the two players that would not move were Martial and [Layvin] Kurzawa, so I thought they would maintain that.
“But in the end both of them moved.”